Dr Millar, one of the mathematics scientists who converted to Islam, amazed me with his observation when he tried to read the Quran expecting that he would read things concerning the Prophet’s wife, his companions or a story about his life. Instead, he found a whole Surah talking about Mariam.
This scientist was astonished. While the four bibles didn’t specify a chapter for Miriam “peace be upon her”, neither her name was mentioned two nor three times, he found that Miriam's name was repeated in the Quran 34 times. Moreover, there was positive reception and admiration about Miriam “peace be upon her” in all the verses that her named was mentioned in. If Muhammad “peace be upon him” was the one who wrote the Quran, why did he specify a large space to talk about the Christ and his mother…. And forget about his wife Khadija for example?
Eisa’s name (Jesus) was mentioned 25 times in the Quran, and the Christ’s name was mentioned 11 times. However, Muhammad's name was mentioned 4 times only! If we glanced at all the Quran verses, we find that they come from a God source. More often, the speech comes in the glorifying (plural) format, for example: (Verily, We, it is we who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Quran) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption) [ Al-Hijr:9].(Verily, We will inherit the earth and whatsoever is thereon. And to Us they all shall be returned) [Miriam: 40]. (Verily, We give life to the dead, and We record that which they send before (them), and their traces and all things We have recorded with numbers (as a record) in a Clear Book) [Ya-sin: 12]. (Verily, We it is Who give life and cause death; and to Us is the final return) [Qaf: 43]. (Verily, it is We Who have sent down the Quran to you (O Muhammad) by stages) [A-Insan: 23].
Lets look momentarily to the format these verses were revealed in which couldn’t be written by Muhammad peace be upon him. If the prophet is the one who came up with the Quran, why does it speak to people in the plural format (Verily, We); why it did not say (I)? The reason is very simple; the one who revealed the Quran is ALLAH almighty. He who created the universe, he who gives life and causes death. Glorified (and exalted) be He above all that they associate with him.
In this Surah, the Christ and his mother “peace be upon them” were mentioned, and the Quran corrected the lies that the Jews made up for this great woman. It purified her from polytheism and disbelief and chose her above the women of mankind and jinn.
Here we ask the question: what does Muhammad “peace be upon him” benefit from correcting these lies. Why are all the prophets, in the Quran, mentioned in great honor, compared to Torah which claims that Allah's prophets had committed adultery, drinking, lying, and cheating…… why does this prophet (Muhammad peace be upon him) do these corrections and where does he bring this information from?
The answer is very simple; the one who taught the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is ALLAH almighty who knows the truths about everything. That is why this Surah witnesses the truth about the Quran, not as they claimed, that Muhammad took the information from the Torah and the Bible.
If that argument was true, we should have seen either a replication of the bible tale, or denying it. However, the Quran came with the true story which makes sense logically and scientifically.
It befits not the Majesty of ALLAH who created the universe, that he should beget a son. What does he need a son for? What is the profession of that son? Is he a God or what does he do? That is why we find that even a young child accepts the oneness of the lordship of ALLAH which is a proof that the humankind was created believing and witnessing that ALLAH is the one and the only God.
By: Abduldaem Al-Kaheel
- The Truth About Jesus Christ
- MARY (Mariyam) IN ISLAM
- Story of Jerusalem
- Passion of Jesus: Son of Mary
- Prophets' Names in the Quran and the Bible
- What the Gospels Mean to Muslims?
- Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is Mentioned in the Bible